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The Bears Den: October 3, 2011

"...where we need to put a little change in some pockets."

All three phases lift Bears over Panthers Mayer: The Bears scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams and rode a powerful running game to a 34-29 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday. Hester sets another NFL return record

Defense has a long day against Panthers McClure: Defensive end Julius Peppers says the Bears' defense is in a bit of a funk.

Bears running game, special teams come out of hiding vs. Panthers Video: Sean Jensen on The Bears.

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Bears follow game plan — slam it down Panthers' throatsBears follow game plan — slam it down Panthers' throats Pompei: By rushing for 205 yards Sunday, Matt Forte joined Walter Payton and Gale Sayers as the only players in Bears history to break 200 in a game.

Bears’ ‘O’ line gets facelift Potash: So much for continuity along the offensive line. First it was injuries to right tackle Gabe Carimi and right guard Lance Louis that forced offensive line coach Mike Tice to make changes. On Sunday against the Panthers, it was ineffectiveness that resulted in another scrambling.

A little luck goes a long way for Bears Haugh: Smith's team has patented making things more difficult than necessary.

Hester deserves being called best return man of all time You want to call Devin Hester the best return man of all time? Rick Telander won't argue.

Bears go back to their Forte -- running Morrissey: These being the super-secretive Bears, it’s hard to know whether offensive coordinator Mike Martz had an epiphany about the running game last week or whether the epiphany was thrust upon him.

15 on 6: Run game provides a great victory Jim Miller gives his take on Jay Cutler's performance against the Panthers.

Bears grades: Forte, Hester receive highest mark Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin dished out his grades.

Bernstein: At Least They Didn’t Lose This one was a must-must, a necessary condition for continuing one’s emotional investment in a severely flawed Bears team, even if one may know better.

Bears notes: Tough trip back to Chicago for Ron Rivera Taft: Matt Forte and the Bears ran roughshod over Ron Rivera’s Carolina Panthers defense Sunday, leaving the former Bear disgruntled after his first trip to Chicago as the Panthers head coach.

'We have to get better' Isaacson: Brian Urlacher knows Bears won't match 2010's success unless defense improves.

Clearing the Air Greenberg: Matt Forte, not Jay Cutler, proved Sunday that he's the engine that drives the Bears.

Video: Marion Barber cannot properly execute a back flip Doug Farrar: RB needs to grab a few style points in the all-important post-touchdown celebration game.

NFP Week 4 Sunday Rewind Bowen: Romo latest collapse, Rodgers' production, Martz's game plan, Texans, Eagles and more.

NFL Videos: Panthers vs. Bears highlights Matt Forte's 205 yards on the ground power the Bears past Cam Newton and the Panthers, 34-29.

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